Psychology 2203 - Psychological Research Methods a.k.a. Statistics for Arts Students

The first thing to note about this unit is that anyone who has done high-school maths and remembers some basic statistics will find parts of this unit astonishingly boring, and the non-boring parts fairly easy. However, many of the statistical methods are useful for Your Future, so you'll need to acquire at least some skill with them.

It starts with some statistical theory on hypothesis testing, moves on to tests of statistical significance and effect size, analysis of variance (ANOVA), and finishes with consideration of the chi-squared test.

Quasi-notes are available - DavidMorrison makes his Powerpoint slides available in both native and rich-text format. He speaks just a little bit too fast for you to take proper notes off the screen in many cases, so these are well worth getting, but are not a substitute for the lectures.

The textbook (Gravetter) is both excellent and vital - you could probably skip lectures if you read it all.

Classes are light on - two lectures and a two-hour lab every week.

Assignments are a bit heavier than previous Psych units - two mid-semester tests, two lab reports, an assessed lab book, an assessed lab exercise early in semester, and the exam.